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Night Watch (2004, Konstantin Khabenskiy)



In modern day Moscow, two warring factions, the Warriors of Light and the Warriors of Darkness, maintain an uneasy truce that has existed since the 14th century. By day, the Darkness patrol to ensure the Light keep the peace, when dark falls, the Light take over the Night Watch. But conflict threatens through young Yegor (Dima Martinov), who can become the catalyst for either side to triumph. As the opposing forces battle for Yegor’s soul, Anton of the Night Watch (Konstantin Khabensky) becomes his guardian in this action-packed film.

Rather like Underworld, the premise of a dual society alongside the rest of humanity is fully realised and the exposition is well balanced by the explosive set-pieces. Such was the success of the film in the West that Fox optioned the second part of the trilogy, Day Watch, and agreed to finance the third, Dusk Watch.

production details
Russia | 114 minutes | 2004
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Script: Laeta Kalogridis, Sergey Lukyanenko, Timur Bekmambetov,

Konstantin Khabenskiy as Anton Gorodetsky
Vladimir Menshov as Geser
Galina Tyunina as Olga
Mariya Poroshina as Svetlana
Zhanna Friske as Alice Donnikova
Viktor Verzhbitskiy as Zavulon
Rimma Markova as Daria
Mariya Mironova as Yegor’s Mother
Dmitriy Martynov as Yegor
Valeriy Zolotukhin as Kostya’s Father
Anna Dubrovskaya as Larisa
Anna Slyusareva as Tiger
Ilya Lagutenko as Andrej
Yuriy Kutsenko as Ignat
Aleksey Chadov as Kostja
Aleksandr Samoylenko as Bear
Aleksey Maklakov as Simeon
Konstantin Murzenko as
Anatoliy Gorin as